Twilight of the Longball Gods: Dispatches from the Disappearing Heart of Baseball


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About the Author

John Schulian is the author of Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists, the writing in which has been compared to that of Red Smith and A.J. Liebling. His widely anthologized work has been included in The Best American Sports Writing 1994, ten editions of Best Sports Stories, and Sports Illustrated's Fifty Years of Great Writing.


"For baseball fans, John Schulian's Twilight of the Long-Ball Gods is the perfect antidote to winter. Schulian does something remarkable in this book: He brings to life an all-but-lost world of semipro teams and American Legion ball, of old Negro leagues and the Class D minors. . . . Schulian can flat-out write. Boxing and baseball have, by far, produced our best sports prose, and Schulian crafts sentences with the best of American journalists. Quotidian struggles here become the stuff of literature because American mythology, as Alexis de Tocqueville observed more than a century and a half ago, places the quest for individual success at the center of our national epic."--Elliott J./I>--Elliot J. Gorn "Chicago Tribune "
"Schulian puts it all together in prose as sparkling as the view of the sun twinkling off the boats in the harbor from the upper deck in Wrigley Field."--Ron Rapoport, Chicago Sun-Times--Ron Rapoport "Chicago Sun-Times "
"[The stories] focus on the lesser-known corners of the game, such as semipro ball, sandlot leagues and the old Negro Leagues, and they are all gems."--Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times--Henry Kisor "Chicago Sun-Times "

"'Long-ball' a hit even for non-fan. . . . Chapter after chapter of enticing sketches, stories spun of people's dreams, of their hopes, their failures, their ordinariness, their endurance, achievements."--Geeta Sharma-Jensen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

--Geeta Sharma-Jensen "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "
"Some of the best baseball writing you will ever read."--Doug Moe, and Capital Times--Doug Moe " and Capital Times "
"Baseball has belonged to poets almost as long as star-crossed love, but who'd have thought Salt Lake City--not exactly the center of the baseball universe--would get its very own baseball poet laureate. . . . As another baseball season works its way into our consciousness . . . Schulian's book is a fresh breeze to combat not only the rainouts, but the wave of steroid scandal that has the game currently cornered. Like all baseball poets, he brings a depth to the subject that transcends its shortcomings."--Lee Benson, Deseret Morning News--Lee Benson "Deseret Morning News "
"Schulian left sportswriting 20 years ago and came to Hollywood to write TV scripts. The time away from sports made him realize what really mattered about the game, and these columns definitely illustrate that."--Tom Hoffarth, Daily News--Tom Hoffarth "Daily News "
"An absolute joy. . . . We might be witnessing the twilight of a few exponentially more famous long-ball gods at this very moment. Let me be the first to thank John Shulian for putting together a collection of 30-plus reasons why we shouldn't notice."--Justin Hamm, Mudville Magazine--Justin Hamm "Mudville Magazine "
"In this sparkling collection of essays, Schulian . . . offers a reminder that baseball hasn't always been about endorsements, million-dollar deals, and agents. . . . Schulian is one of the very best sportswriters of the latter part of the twentieth century. His work resonates with time and place, compassion, and humanity. This is a wonderful collection that deserves a huge audience."--Booklist--Booklist
"One key piece in this volume examines the life and legacy of Negro League great Josh Gibson, weaving together interviews with Josh's son and former teammates. Schulian's work has been widely anthologized, and aficionados of good baseball writing will appreciate this tome."--Library Journal--Library Journal
"TWILIGHT is a nostalgic and romantic look at the game of baseball during a time that very much needs. Give this one a solid 3 balls out of a possible four and make sure you crack it open to read when the modern game, and its crisis, ' begin to wear you down."